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Walk for Hunger

Join the 49th annual Walk for Hunger, the country's oldest continual pledge walk!

Join tens of thousands of people on Sunday, May 7th for the 49th annual Walk for Hunger, a Boston tradition of neighbors helping neighbors around the Commonwealth. The Walk for Hunger is a 20-mile Walk, which begins and ends at the Boston Common and weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge. Walkers do not need to walk all 20 miles to participate. There are checkpoints approximately every two miles along the course, with complimentary shuttle buses back to the Common.

Why Walk?

We strongly believe that good food is a basic right! Although you may not always see it, there are nearly 675,000 people in Massachusetts who can't reliably predict where their next meal is coming from. Among them, children are some of the most vulnerable to hunger.

The Walk for Hunger is a vehicle for people of all ages to make a real difference in people's lives and take action against the local issue of hunger. Donations from money raised by Walkers, Runners, and Volunteers provide the funds for grants awarded to hundreds of hunger relief programs across the state, helping to ensure that people and families of all income levels have access to nutritious food throughout the year. Your fundraising and participation in the Walk is critical for the continued support of these programs. Check out the list of 2016 Grant Recipients, who received funding through money raised by last year's Walk.

Registration & Fundraising

The first step to making a difference is to register to Walk, Run, or Volunteer. Every participant will be given a fundraising page online to raise money to help fund anti-hunger programs around the state. While there is no registration fee or minimum fundraising requirement for Walkers this year, the Walk depends on the commitment of all participants to fundraise. Our team at Project Bread is here to help you with your fundraising efforts. Every dollar makes a difference.

Raise $75 by April 24 to receive a Nift, a "Neighborhood Gift." A Nift is a gift from a local business that you select based on your interests—anything from tickets to an improv show, to a membership to a yoga studio, to dinner at a restaurant. After April 24, Nift will send you an email containing your gift. Learn more on Nift's website.

Raise $100 by May 1 to receive a free Walk for Hunger water bottle at check-in on Walk Day.

Raise $500 to join the Heart & Sole Circle!

Walk Details

The Walk for Hunger has an official rolling start time of 8:00am-9:30am. Start your day on the Boston Common by visiting a Check-In Tent. You will be able to turn in any cash or check donations and will receive your Walk Guide, Walk Button, and Walk Sticker. After Check-In, you will be able to begin your Walk at the starting line. If you start before or after the designated rolling start window, Checkpoints and Aid Stations along the route will likely not be open to support you. Please also keep in mind that the Walk for Hunger 5K starts at 7:00am.

  • The Walk is held rain or shine

  • Please leave dogs, skateboards, bikes, scooters, and in-line skates at home for the safety of all Walkers

  • Don't forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an extra pair of socks

  • Eat a hearty breakfast and dress in layers

Checkpoint open and closing times:

Checkpoint #1  7:30am – 12:00pm (1028 Beacon St, Brookline – between St. Mary’s St. and Carlton St)

Checkpoint #2  8:00am – 12:30pm (2400 Beacon St, Chestnut Hill – Cleveland Circle)

Checkpoint #3  8:30am – 2:00pm (10 Langley Rd, Newton – Newton Center)

Checkpoint #4  9:00Aam– 2:30pm (Eliot Church 474 Centre St, Newton – Newton Corner)

Checkpoint #5  9:30am – 4:00pm (Arsenal Park – 551 Arsenal St, Watertown)

Checkpoint #6  10:30am – 5:00pm (Cambridge Boat Club – 2 Gerry’s Landing Rd, Cambridge)

Checkpoint #7  11:00am – 5:30pm (Magazine Beach – 769 Memorial Drive, Cambridge)

Checkpoint #8  11:30am – 6:00pm (290ish Commonwealth Ave, Boston – Between Hereford St and Gloucester St)

Checkpoint #9  10:00am – 6:30pm The finish! (Boston Common)

Have questions? Check the FAQs, email, or call 617-723-5000.